This week’s guest post is from Tyndale kids team art director Jackie Nunez.
Where are you from originally and what brought you to Tyndale?
I was born in Chicago and lived on the North side until I was seven, then we moved to Glendale Heights. I lived in Wheaton as an adult and commuted to my job in Chicago. One of the former art directors at that job had left there to work at Tyndale. There was a need in the design department, and she encouraged me to apply.
When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Let me start by letting you know that my husband says I am quirky. It is true, and my answer is evidence of that. From the time I had eye-hand coordination, I loved to draw and color. I know – not really quirky – but wait. The conveyor belts at the grocery store also fascinated me, and how fast the cashiers rang up all of the groceries—even the ones that had to be keyed in by hand. My dream job was to be a part time cashier and part time artist. My dream came true during college. It wasn’t as glamorous as I imagined it to be.
What was your first paid job?
My first paid job was babysitting. I was the neighborhood babysitter, and I was booked almost every weekend, all weekend long, and I loved it!
What do you like most about your job at Tyndale?
I love finding an illustrator whose style matches an author’s voice, and then seeing the book come to life. This process absolutely breathes life into me.
What is your favorite Tyndale Kids product and why?
I have to give a caveat before I answer: my response to this question is different almost every season. Right now my favorites are My Princesses Learn to be Brave, and My Princesses Learn to Share. I love these illustrations, and the authors are two of my favorites!